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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: GlobalWalk, Inc; Second edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983208506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983208501
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"3mph was a wonderful read. Letofsky has a wonderful voice and a real flare for storytelling....there was voice, structure, story arc, character development...a remarkable, well-written book."
--Writers Digest

"5 out of 5 Stars. "3 MPH" is a solid and strongly recommended read that shouldn't be missed."
--Midwest Book Review

"Letofsky's 3mph is hilarious, sad, and very well-written."
--Minneapolis Star & Tribune


"3mph is the perfect kick off to our Women's Adventure Book Club. What better way to combine our love for adventure and reading!"
-- Women's Adventure Magazine

"A page-turner! 3mph is engaging… a courageous journey full of humanity, charity and spirit."
--Denver Post

"Polly's story is compelling and fascinating. She makes a wonderful, hilarious traveling companion as one vicariously makes the trek from one's armchair."
--Tattered Cover Bookstore

"The City of Wheat Ridge proudly announces 3mph our 2012 City Reads Book of the Year"
-- City of Wheat Ridge, CO

From the Author

Dear readers of 3mph,
It's been enormous fun to be invited to clubs to talk about the 3mph stories that hit the editing room floor.

I'd like to extend the offer to visit your book club either by Skype or in person. Please email me directly if your book club would like to schedule: Polly@3mphBook.com

PS No, there's no charge, you just have to feed me.

More About the Author

Polly Letofsky spent five years walking around the world, and six years writing the book about it. But it was worth it, her long awaited first book, 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World has won top honors at the 2011 IPPY Awards as Best Travel Memoir, Best Memoir at the 2011 Writer's Digest Best Book Awards, and was a Finalist in the USA Book Awards.

You can invite Polly to your book club! Polly has made a unique offer to readers of 3mph. If your book club reads 3mph she would be honored to visit your book club as well! She can visit by Skype, or if you're in the Denver metro area the club usually has a pot luck of the foods represented in her book. (She tended to talk about food a lot...), and sure, maybe some of the wines of the various countries as well.

Please feel free too email Polly directly if your club would like to visit. (No, there's no charge -- just feed her.) polly@3mphbook.com.

"Polly's GlobalWalk -- The Documentary" has been produced by Newcastle Productions, currently showing on PBS channels across the United States (and available on Amazon).

She currently lives in Denver where she works as a professional motivational speaker. She bikes, loves animals, and still walks, but usually just to the Whole Foods.




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I really enjoyed Polly's perspective on the cultures of the different countries she walked.
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The book is very well written, informational, interesting and humorous.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah in Colo on November 11, 2011
Format: Perfect Paperback
Straight-shooting narrative covering Polly's five-year walk around the world. As far as memoirs go, this is certainly more fun and uplifting than most. It's light on navel-gazing and heavy on cultural experiences, many of which are both HILARIOUS and educational. I enjoyed learning about each country that Polly walked through and experiencing the people and places at 3mph instead of by train, plane, or automobile. I thought her overall outlook was generous and lighthearted, and I was encouraged by her story.

As a side note, Polly lives in Denver and recently visited my book club. If she ever does an audio edition of this book I'll get it and listen... her personality is grounded but fun and would add even more to the reader's experience of her travels.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Costantine on September 2, 2011
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Walking around the world? A woman? Five years? At first it was hard for me to believe that any woman could tackle such a big feat, but after reading 3mph I realized that if any woman could do it, it was Polly.

There were so many times I laughed out loud while reading Polly's story. What a powerful, inspiring, motivating memoir. Polly shares her journey with heart and humor, so if you love "feel good" stories, inspirational tales, and triumphant defeats - this is a book you'll want to read - perhaps over and over again.

When I closed the book, I realized that this wasn't just about Polly's journey, this was about the journey of every person who ever had a dream and needed to take it one step at a time. By the end of this book, you'll realize that you too can do your own "walk around the world!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SallyB on March 28, 2012
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Polly's goal since she was 12 was to walk around the world. I now think of her every time I have to park on the opposite end of the parking lot while shopping! While reading 3mph I kept reflecting on how I could conquer fears in my own life. I was yelling at her a few times; holding my breath while she was in India or being chased by men in Turkey. The biggest lesson I got out of 3mph was about attitude. Attitude can shape you, change you, and that if you're stripped of everything in your life, no one can take away your attitude. Thanks for that lesson, Polly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. on December 11, 2011
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Loved,loved,loved this book! Well written...interesting, descriptive of cultures, panoramic of country settings, honest no hold barred of emotions penned with well placed touches of humor. Thank you Polly for making your "one step at a time" trip to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. You are one special lady! I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lady2cats on November 20, 2011
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I was underwhelmed by "Eat,Pray,Love" so didn't have any real expectations when I started this book....just the interest of seeing what women choose to do that's different. This was really different! Polly has a contagious sense of humor about herself and the people - both nice and nasty - who cross her path. Five years is a big chunk out of one's life - and I admire her strong commitment to the breast cancer cause. The experience seems to prove that when you extend yourself to help others, you receive help back tenfold. Thank heaven she got rid of Tabitha and Sarah! A thoroughly enjoyable and quick-to-read book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Wheatley on February 25, 2012
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This was a great read. I've been to a lot of these places and she describes them well, including the way women are treated and thought of in some parts of the world. To take on an adventure like this and do it with a purpose was even better. I'm sure on the dark days the thought of reaching out to the women is what kept her going. Enjoyed it beginning to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Hooton on August 27, 2011
I loved this book and I especially enjoyed learning about the different cultures that Polly experienced. Also, her sense of humor was a real plus!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 29, 2010
A great adventure!!Can't imagine traveling across the world .....especially "todays world" Brave young woman full of adventure. Walks across Thailand....winters in England.You will enjoy reading.
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